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England's younger, sexier Barefoot Contessa takes on Anthony Bourdain in ABC's new 'food show like no other'

I've always thought the point of Nigella Lawson is that she doesn't have one. As England's younger, sexier version of the Barefoot Contessa, she's a spherical series of soft curves, murmuring an endless litany of "mmms" to camera as she sips and dips around the kitchen. She's made a fortune from being the voice of comfort as a domestic goddess on cable cooking shows.

So it's a little surprising to see her take her place behind a judging table under bright network lighting in The Taste, ABC's new "food show like no other" – in other words, a culinary version of NBC's smash talent show The Voice.

"It's all about the taste, and nothing but the taste," Nigella announced in her signature perky style as the show began. This marked another departure for a »

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